The forgetting alzheimers portrait of an epidemic david shenk on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers national bestseller a powerfully engaging scrupulously researched and deeply empathetic narrative of the history of alzheimers disease. David shenk is the award winning and national bestselling author of six books including the genius in all of us new insights into genetics talent and iq deeply interesting and important new york times the forgetting alzheimers portrait of an epidemic remarkable los angeles times data smog surviving the information glut . The forgetting alzheimers portrait of an epidemic alzheimers portrait of an epidemic by david shenk by david shenk by david shenk by david shenk best seller and psychology into a literary portrait of alzheimers disease perfectly balanced between sorrow and wonder devastation and awe . Alzheimers disease overtakes a person very gradually and for a while can be indistinguishable from such mild memory loss but eventually the forgetting reaches the stage where it is quite distinct from an absentminded loss of ones glasses or keys. But his illuminating portrait of this growing epidemic offers more than a basic chronology shenk begins with the diseases christening in 1906 when german physician alois alzheimer discovered mysterious tangles and plaques in the brain of a dead woman who in life had suffered severe memory loss and dementia
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